Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance

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If you’re stuck in a contract of servitude that will last most of your life, it might as well be with the nicest pirates in the world!

Opera Highlights

James Schuette’s vivid, colorful scenery will transport you to the coast of Cornwall in a production that has been described as “playful” (San Diego Union Tribune) and “sunny” (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Plot Summary

A Pirate King and “Modern Major-General” are just the beginning of the farcical fun in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Frederic, an apprentice indentured to the world’s most trusting band of pirates, is celebrating his 21st birthday and leaving in search of love when he encounters the Major-General’s group of daughters. Hilarity ensues in this comic opera that begs for a cast of seriously talented singers as the Major-General plots to keep his daughters from the pirates and the Pirate King makes plans to keep Frederic in his band.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.

Puccini’s Tosca

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She’s a singer, he’s a painter and they’re both trying to avoid the cops. This story might not have the most famous Italian parapet in opera, but the leap is legend.

Opera Highlights

Katie Van Kooten, who has thrilled audiences with her “powerful, gleaming soprano” stars as the celebrated singer Floria Tosca.

The perspective painting technique on Italian Ercole Sormani’s wing-and-drop scenery—which accurately captures Tosca’s iconic locations throughout Rome, including the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, the Farnese Palace, and Castel Sant’Angelo—is a spectacle not to be missed

Plot Summary

Fiery young diva Floria Tosca is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her freedom-fighting lover and a ruthless police chief whose lust for her overrides his duty to his country. This explosive triangle comes to a heart-stopping conclusion in one of opera’s most intense dramas.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including two intermissions.

Jonathan Dove & April de Angelis’ Flight

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Experience the familiar purgatory of an overnight airport delay as the lives and loves of perfect strangers are delayed, grounded, and eventually rerouted during a storm.

Opera Highlights

James Sohre of Opera Today wrote that Brumley’s production is “a wonderland of colorful effects” and that Knipscher is “having a blast with some of his best costumes ever.”

Countertenor John Holiday’s voice has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker) and called “otherworldly” by John Legend when he competed on season 19 of NBC’s The Voice.

Plot Summary

Called “A Marriage of Figaro for the 1990s,” Flight has both laugh-out-loud comedy and more touching moments as the story of the refugee who lives in the airport unfolds around a colorful cast of characters who find themselves delayed in the terminal. As the delay drags on through the night, the group learns that their overnight stay will not only be physically uncomfortable, but also emotionally challenging as they navigate relationships, deception, and eventual reconciliation.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions.